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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Thursday: Guest Review: Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Friday: Teachers’ Guide for Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Igniting Your Students’ Passion Using the ‘FIRE’ Method” by Scott Wilson, Author of METL: The Angel Weapon

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee

I will update what I’ve read/am reading next week–this long weekend, family who I haven’t seen in 4-10 years are in town, so I just didn’t set enough time aside to write everything up to share! I’m sorry! But YAY FAMILY! This weekend has showed me that I really wish they live closer–it has been amazing watching our kids hang out and also get to know each other even more. <3

Ricki

Ricki is away on maternity leave and will return mid-June. Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Guest Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Friday: Teachers’ Guide for Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Helping Teens Understand the Immigration Debate” by Judy Dodge Cummings, Author of Immigration Nation

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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CONGRATULATIONS
to our giveaway winners!

Jennifer A. won Finding Orion

and

Teresa C. won We Are (Not) Friends

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Tuesday: Blog Tour with Giveaway, Educators’ Guide, and Review!: Finding Orion by John David Anderson

Thursday: Guest Review: The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Combining History with Fantasy – Why and Three Hows” by Malayna Evans, Author of Jagger Jones & the Mummy’s Ankh

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Kellee

  • The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman: One of his earlier books that show how innately good a storyteller he is! About finding out that your family isn’t exactly what you think it is.
  • Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot by Adam Gidwitz and Joseph Bruchac: I adore this series! This story was a little less action and more narrative than the first two. And if you haven’t seen, they’re making a Unicorn Rescue Society game: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jessecasey/unicorn-rescue-society-the-card-game!
  • The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd: Lyndie B. Hawkins’s life changed really quick, and she is working to figure it all out.
  • Finding Orion by John David Anderson: Check out my post from last week!

Trent and I are taking a chapter book break to read new picture books!

  • One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller by Kate Read: I love when I find unique counting books, and this definitely is one! So much fun!
  • Camp Tiger by Susan Choi: An extended metaphor about change and fear. Beautiful illustrations!
  • Lana Lynn Howls at the Moon by Rebecca Van Slyke: Such a cute book about figuring out our place.
  • The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes: Loved reading this one to Trent as he gets ready to go to Kindergarten in the fall!
  • Nobody Hugs a Cactus by Carter Goodrich: Even the most grumpy need some love (and that grumpy cactus is so adorable!).

  • I Will Race You Through This Book! by Jonathan Fenske: Definitely one of Trent’s favorites from this group–I really think that interactive picture books done well are some of the best out there!
  • I Lost My Tooth by Mo Willems: Another multiple read title for Trent. Mo Willems just knows kid humor, and this story of tooth ignorant squirrels is just too funny.
  • Blooming Beneath the Sun by Christina Rossetti: Illustrated by Ashley Bryan because he loves Rossetti’s poems, so you know it is beautiful.
  • Sign Off by Stephen Savage: What a cool concept about sign silhouettes coming to life!
  • Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Shertle: Little Blue Truck is a favorite of all five year olds, I think.

  • Little Fox and the Missing Moon by Ekaterina Trukhan: Little Fox is so cute!
  • Fly by Nathan Clement: A narrative nonfiction text looking at traveling by airplane.
  • I Love You All Year Through by Stephanie Stansbie: These books always choke me up–any book to show love is a winner!
  • Bedtime for Beasties by Leslie Staub: A girl takes control of her fears!
  • Dolphins: Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle: Dolphins are strange and wonderful, and we loved learning about all the different kinds.

  • Like a Lizard by April Pulley Sayre: This was a fun way to teach about lizards! A great mix of silliness and facts.
  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach: This book was hilarious–both Trent and I thought so!
  • Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow by Martha Freeman: A good book for rhyming.
  • The Goose Egg by Liz Wong: Trent loved this one, too! Fun look at idioms mixed with a fun unexpected parenting story.
  • Moon! Earth’s Best Friend by Stacy McAnulty: Stacy McAnulty is brilliant–Moon! has been read so many times in my house already.

  • Douglas, You’re a Genius by Ged Adamson: This book reminded me a bit of Phineas and Ferb.
  • There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher: Another really well done interactive picture book! We went and requested There’s a Monster in Your Book right away!
  • Perfect by Max Amato: Pencil versus eraser.
  • Dust Bunny Wants a Friend by Amy Hevron: Trent loved that he could read this mostly-wordless picture book. I loved that super cute illustrations and how much Trent pulled from them to add to the story.
  • Lion Lessons by Jon Agee: Too funny! Just a very clever book about nature versus nurture.

Ricki

Ricki is away on maternity leave and will return mid-June. Happy reading!

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Kellee

  • Currently Reading: The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Currently Reading with My Ears: An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer
  • Currently Reading with My & Trent’s Ears: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

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Thursday: Guest Review: Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Friday: Educator Guide for Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Igniting Your Students’ Passion Using the ‘FIRE’ Method” by Scott Wilson, Author of METL: The Angel Weapon

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Thursday: Guest Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Friday: The Atlas of Monsters by Sandra Lawrence and Stuart Hill

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Dares, Diseases, and Decisions: How Wreck Came to Be” by Kirstin Cronn Mills

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee Ricki

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

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Tuesday: Blog Tour with Giveaway, Educators’ Guide, and Review!: Finding Orion by John David Anderson

Thursday: Guest Review: The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Combining History with Fantasy – Why and Three Hows” by Malayna Evans, Author of Jagger Jones & the Mummy’s Ankh

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: In-Class Book Clubs in Kellee’s Classes

Thursday: Guest Review: Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: We Are (Not) Friends by Anna Kang

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Environmental Science Activities for Kids” by Donna Latham, Author of Biomes: Discover the Earth’s Ecosystems with Environmental Science Activities for Kids

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee

  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly is a story about a girl connecting with the story of a lonely whale and doing anything to be there for him.
  • My students are right! The Land of Stories true conflict doesn’t truly begin until Beyond the Kingdoms. WOW! Craziness!

Ricki

Ricki is away on maternity leave and will return mid-June. Happy reading!

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Kellee

  • Reading: Finding Orion by John David Anderson
  • Listening: Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot by Adam Gidwitz and Joseph Bruchac
  • Reading with Trent: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey
  • Listening with Trent: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Reading next: ?? The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd, The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Black, or Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Thursday: Guest Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Friday: The Atlas of Monsters by Sandra Lawrence and Stuart Hill

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Dares, Diseases, and Decisions: How Wreck Came to Be” by Kirstin Cronn Mills

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Call for Teachers of YAL Classes

Wednesday: Celebrate #NationalParkWeek! Review and Giveaway: If I Were a Park Ranger by Catherine Stier

Thursday: Guest Review: Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Celebrate Biodiversity: Life + Variety = Biodiversity” by Laura Perdew, Author of Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth

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Kellee

First, and I know you all always say you understand and it is okay, but I have to apologize for not commenting recently on IMWAYR. I’ve been reading them on my phone, but I can’t comment easily from there… I’ve recently become part of something that is time consuming and with the end of the year and Ricki being on maternity leave (Yay new Ginsberg baby!) and with all the regular mom and teacher stuff… well, life just zips by some times. But know I appreciate and love you all!

  • Finished both The Shadow Club and The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman. Interestingly, they both have to do with the feeling of not being seen as an adolescent. As a teacher and mom, this topic makes me so sad! I want every kid to be seen and know they are amazing!

So much reading with Trent! Makes my heart happy 🙂

  • I read A Friend for Dragon a while ago, and I am happy to see Acorn imprint rereleasing it and so is Trent. He is a forever Dav Pilkey fan.
  • Fergus and Zeke were instant favorites in our household! Although I think Trent had a bit more comprehension issues with this second one because he didn’t understand many of the science fair references, but he still loved their story!
  • This Book is NOT About Dragons by Shelley Moore Thomas may be my new favorite read aloud with Trent. How funny! If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend!
  • Fresh Princess by Denene Miller is illustrated by a local artist, so I was so happy to be able to support her–and I even got a signed copy! The new take on the Fresh Prince story makes for a good book.
  • Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins and Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins are Trent favorites, and he loves to read along to the audiobook on Hoopla.
  • I also realized while searching Hoopla that Trent had never read Tacky the Penguin, so I fixed that!

Ricki

Ricki is away on maternity leave and will return mid-June. Happy reading!

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Kellee

 

  • Starting: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  • Listening: The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer
  • On Deck: The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman
  • In the Hole: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  • On Hold at my Library: The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd
  • Listening with Trent: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Picture Book On Deck with Trent: Who knows!
  • Chapter Book On Deck with Trent: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey

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Tuesday: In-Class Book Clubs in Kellee’s Classes

Thursday: Guest Review: Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: We Are (Not) Friends by Anna Kang

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Environmental Science Activities for Kids” by Donna Latham, Author of Biomes: Discover the Earth’s Ecosystems with Environmental Science Activities for Kids

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: H is for Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z by Sydell Rosenberg

Wednesday: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Thursday: You Choose In Space by Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodhart

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Talking Trash” by Donna Latham, Author of Garbage: Follow the Path of Your Trash

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee

  • Super Jake and the King of Chaos is debut middle grade novel about Ethan, a middle school magician, and his family whose priorities surround Jake, their one-year-old who was born with brain damage.
  • Since starting all of the Gordon Korman books, I’ve been really shocked to find out how many of his books that are SO GOOD are out of print. The Island series is another one. High interest and well written!

Ricki

Ricki is away on maternity leave and will return mid-June. Happy reading!

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Kellee

  • Listening with Trent: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Listening: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer
  • Reading: The Shadow Club by Neal Shusterman
  • On Deck: The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman
  • In the Hole (if nothing changes): The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd

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Tuesday: Call for Teachers of YAL Classes

Wednesday: Celebrate #NationalParkWeek! Review and Giveaway: If I Were a Park Ranger by Catherine Stier

Thursday: Guest Review: Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Celebrate Biodiversity: Life + Variety = Biodiversity” by Laura Perdew, Author of Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: #metoo Literature Circle Books

Wednesday: You Are Never Alone by Elin Kelsey

Thursday: Wake Up, Color Pup by Taia Morley

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Why Mix Fantasy and History?” by Angie Smibert, Author of Bone’s Gift and Lingering Echoes

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Kellee

With Trent

  • Circle by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen is the perfect end to the trilogy. I like the open ending that leads to conversation.
  • Dog Man:  Brawl of the Wild is the last of the Dog Man books out, so now we are waiting…
  • Flubby is the star of a new picture book series, and just love him! I find cats to just be so lovable and hilarious, so this series is perfect for  me!
  • Trent chose Fergus and Zeke the last time we were at the book store, and we got to reading it this week, and I just love the mice friends! We have book 2 ordered!

  • A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel looks at a teen’s decent into mental illness.
  • The ending of A Grimm Warning is pretty epic! Now I am just waiting for the audio for the next one to be available.
  • While I wait, I decided to start Gordon Korman’s Island series. Since I loved the Kidnapped audios so much, I thought this would be a great choice.
  • Oh, everyone, you are going to love Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo. It looks at the final of the three friends (Raymie Nightingale then Louisiana’s Way Home) and is a beautiful story about finding happiness.
  • Focused by Alyson Gerber is about a middle schooler who is struggling with focusing.

Ricki

This week, I finished listening to Sadie by Courtney Summers. I am so glad that I listened to this one as an audiobook. I loved all of the voices and the podcast style. This is a powerful book.

I am heading off to maternity leave (ahhh!). I have set up lost of posts and reviews in the meantime. I will miss you all, and I am very sorry that I was unable to comment on the last couple of Mondays. Pregnancy is exhausting! I look forward to seeing you all in a couple of months!

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Kellee

  • Reading: Super Jake & the King of Chaos by Naomi Milliner
  • Audio: Island Book Two: Survival by Gordon Korman
  • Audio with Trent: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

Ricki

I am reading Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead. It’s an adult book that I missed when it came out a year ago. I am really enjoying it, and it is very different from other books that I’ve read. I will report more later (after maternity leave, likely!).

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Tuesday: H is for Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z by Sydell Rosenberg

Wednesday: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Thursday: You Choose In Space by Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodhart

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Talking Trash” by Donna Latham, Author of Garbage: Follow the Path of Your Trash

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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